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Staff Report
9:02 am PDT October 29, 2019

Thousands were evacuated from their homes as the 650-plus-acre Getty Fire burned westward toward Topanga and Pacific Palisades Monday, Oct. 28.

The blaze, the cause of which is currently unknown, broke out around 1:30 a.m. Oct. 28, in the Sepulveda Pass and Brentwood area, adjacent to the 405 Freeway. 

As of 8 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, the fire was 5-percent contained. At least eight homes were destroyed and six residences damaged, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department; however, Malibu had not been directly impacted by mandatory evacuations, nor were residents within evacuation warning areas. 

Current evacuation warning boundaries are Topanga Canyon (west border) Sunset Boulevard (south border), Mulholland Drive (north border) and Temescal Canyon Road (east border).

All Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District schools were closed Monday, but reopened Tuesday, with the promise that principals would follow established air quality guidelines for outdoor activities and take extra precautions for sensitive or medically fragile students, district officials said.

Meanwhile, the area is bracing for what the National Weather Service said will likely the strongest Santa Ana wind event of the season.

An extreme red flag warning will be effective from 11 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, through 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31, across Los Angeles and Ventura counties, with strong northeast winds and low humidities expected.

“There is increasing confidence of a strong and damaging Santa Ana wind event late Tuesday evening into Thursday,” the alert states. “The peak of the wind event is expected to be Wednesday when damaging wind gusts between 50 and 70 mph will be likely for the wind prone areas of Los Angeles and Ventura counties, with isolated gusts to 80 mph in the mountains.”

The Galahad circuit, which runs from the western edge of Point Dume to Point Mugu, also was facing the possibility of a Public Safety Power Shutoff from 6 a.m. to midnight on Wednesday, while the Merlin circuit, from Latigo Canyon Road to Malibu Lagoon, was under consideration for a PSPS from 12-3 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 31, according to the City of Malibu. Southern California Edison had shut off power to 211 LA County customers as of Tuesday morning, with no shutoffs implemented in Malibu. Power shutoffs that could impact more than 104,000 Los Angeles County residents were still under consideration by SCE.